Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Study: Breastfeeding and IQ at 10 Years of Age

A new study published on December 20th, 2010 has found that boys who were primarily breastfed for 6 months or more showed greater achievement in math and reading at 10 years of age than their non-breastfed counterparts, even after adjusting for factors such as mom's income and education level. Breastfed girls also weighed in with higher test scores, however, that difference was not deemed statistically significant.

A number of factors may be at work here. Breastfed babies benefit not only from the smarter fats and optimal nutrition of breastmilk, but from increased skin to skin contact and bonding time with their mothers.

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